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puddle jumper

slang A very small airplane used to travel relatively short distances, such as over a small body of water (a "puddle"). We had to take this tiny little puddle jumper since it was such a short flight from Dublin to Edinburgh. Are you sure this puddle jumper is safe? It looks like it runs on triple-A batteries!
See also: puddle

puddle jumper

n. a small airplane. I’m not going to fly 200 miles in that puddle jumper!
See also: puddle
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MENTION the word Daihatsu and you automatically think of a little puddle-jumper.
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I was examining the port side of the engine, and the instructor was rounding the tail when we were interrupted by an airline pilot who came sauntering over to admire our little puddle-jumper. He introduced himself as a former naval aviator who had flown the T-34B during his days as a student.
`But how the hell was I to know that one of your goddamned pilots was going to come swanning up the valley in his puddle-jumper just in the middle of my blasting?'
THE flight from Rhodes takes less than half an hour and as the twin-engined puddle-jumper trundles to a halt you may be wondering what you're doing here.
Nissan are today set to introduce a four-speed automatic transmission to their giant puddle-jumper, the Terrano, pictured.
Initially in three-door guise and with a 1.6-litre engine tucked under the bonnet, this smart-looking puddle-jumper quickly gained an eager fan club.
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But down south they insist on designer puddle-jumpers.
There has been a real explosion of puddle-jumpers taking to our roads in recent years.